Pueblo a Pueblo, Inc.

Our mission is to improving the health, education and food security of families in Indigenous and rural communities in Latin America. We seek to strengthen vulnerable families by serving women and children, with an emphasis on Indigenous peoples in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala and other rural, coffee-growing communities in Latin America through integrated, school-based health & education programs. Pueblo a Pueblo was founded on the belief that meaningful and sustainable change requires the commitment and active involvement of the individual, community or organization that will benefit from that change. Pueblo a Pueblo strives to deepen values such as personal responsibility, se...
Apr 9, 2012

Lessons that last

Last week we completed the first teacher training at Tzan Chaj Primary School, our newest WASH partner.

The training began with a discussion of what the school is already doing to improve hygiene among students. While all the teachers are implementing some amount of hygiene activities in their classrooms, they agreed they could do more and set objectives to work on throughout the year, including to increase drinking of purified water to 85% of students by the end of the school year and to increase correct disposal of trash by students to 80% by the end of the school year.

Teachers received a manual with a variety of lesson plans related to the importance of hygiene, washing hands, dental hygiene, and water-borne illnesses and how to avoid them. These activities can be adapted depending on the age of students and time available.

Teachers had a chance to create some materials for their classrooms, including a “hygiene wheel” used to monitor children’s personal hygiene on a daily basis in a fun, interactive way. The wheel has an arrow that students can spin, then depending on which part of the body it falls on the teacher and students will then inspect it and talk about how to improve their hygiene. Some of the areas included on the wheel are hands, hair, teeth and nails. Our next training will provide teachers with tools for how to teach students how to properly use a flush toilet, water conservation, and how to prepare and keep food clean and safe to eat.

Mar 27, 2012

What's going on in Santiago Atitlan and beyond!

The Maternal Child Program has been busy hosting clinics as well as having our monthly educational session. We were also able to enroll a new woman into the group who is very excited and grateful to be a part of this program and welcome a new baby, born Sunday, March 18th.

In the beginning of March, Pueblo a Pueblo and Rxiin Tnamet organized a Pap smear clinic in order to encourage annual exams to improve the health of the women within the community in and around Santiago Atitlan. During the monthly educational meetings leading up to the clinic, the women were given individual appointments with the date and location of their exam. They learned about the benefits of receiving a yearly check-up and the procedures involved with such an exam in order to promote informed decision making. Many women report the main barrier that exists to getting this exam is fear. One woman said, “Yes, I have recommended it to my friends and neighbors from my church, but they are very scared and they feel ashamed to come in for the exam. They need to be taught the right information.” At our follow-up session after the clinic, the women were able to share their experiences. Our goal is through clinics such as this, we can help spread correct knowledge about healthcare throughout the community.

This month, our educational session focused on childhood illnesses and when it is necessary to seek medical attention. Children under the age of five, especially those whom are malnourished, are most susceptible to fatal illnesses. Therefore, recognizing early signs can not only result in better health as they grow older, but can also save lives.

Mar 20, 2012

Just take a look at our Books!

Johanny and LIdia
Johanny and LIdia

We’re settling in to our new location in the Chukmuk school, and the children are so excited! Every day they ask our librarian, Lidia, “When are the library activities going to start?” We assure them that activities will be starting very soon, but in the meantime, we’ve been moving, cleaning, and organizing.

Throughout February we were…

  • Moving the library furniture to the new location
  • Packing, unpacking, and organizing six hundred new books donated and purchased with donations over the past year
  • Cleaning!

Library Coordinator Johanny and Librarian Lidia hold the first three books cataloged for the library.

  • Cataloging the library’s stock with the simplified Dewey
    decimal system and a junior color code
  • Expanding our “library start-up” guide so that other teachers or schools who are interested in starting a library can model our work
  • Registering and updating our existing inventory of 290 books
  • Painting bookshelves in cheery colors to make the library more inviting to children and also to protect the books from humidity during the rainy season
  • Holding our first training for teachers and library support group members
  • Starting our ongoing training for teachers and the library support group.

We're off to a great start, but we could still use about five times more books!

We’re pleased to have come so far, but also know how much more we have to do.  For example, we need to grow our library stock. International guidelines recommend a minimum of 3,000 items in library stock, including books in Spanish, educational materials, etc.) to satisfy the needs of 250 students. And we still need to furnish three separate areas of the library: the investigation area, the story area, and the creativity area. In the meantime, we’re thrilled to be in our new space, and looking forward to watching our library—and the literacy and imaginations of the children—grow and grow.

student helping out
student helping out
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